On Tuesday the 28th of January and Wednesday the 29th of January, 2014, the 2013 Australian-New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge was held in Adelaide South Australia. Day 1 was held at the University of Adelaide and Day 2 was held at the Australasian Neuroscience Society Annual Conference. 10 eager science students from across Australia and New Zealand participated in the activities over the two days and displayed an excellent understanding of neuroscience. After 4 neuroscience challenges and a very close competition, the results were decided.
2013 Australian Champion: Eva Wang from Queensland and 2013 Australian Runner Up -Ricky Chung. This is a fabulous achievement for Ricky of Year 11 and for his James Ruse Brain Bee team and teachers that assisted him move through the NSW rounds. Congratulations Ricky.
Congratulations to Samuel Chiu (11), Brendan Ma (11) and Eklavya Wangoo who have been elected to the 2014 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.
Four students attended the Annual Youth Leaders Breakfast on Wednesday morning –Swathi Sridharan, Hillary Pan, Donna Zhuang and Joyce Yang. The girls had a wonderful time.
Year 7 are settling in and enjoying Peer Support periods with their Year 11 Leaders. It is wonderful to see so many Year 7 students signing up to activities and clubs. Thank you to our Year 11 Peer Support Leaders.
Our School Counsellor, Mr Gabriel Wong, will be at school on Monday and Thursday each week and our District Guidance Officer, Ms Melissa Jovanovic, will be available on Tuesdays.
Students were reminded this week to take pride in their school uniform and their presentation:
Wednesday Sports Days: On Wednesdays, the correct sports uniform (Year 9-12) is the tracksuit. Students are not permitted to wear shorts and a t-shirt as their uniform to school. If they do not have a tracksuit or if it is too hot, students are asked to wear normal uniform and change during the day. Students in Year 7 and 8 wear their school uniform to school and change for Sport or PDHPE. Students in year 7 or 8 do NOT need to purchase a tracksuit.
Normal School Days: Students are asked to ensure they are wearing correct school uniform at all times; correct socks, shoes, shirts tucked in and skirts / dresses an appropriate length.
Carnivals (we have 3 carnivals in Term 1): Students are asked to wear sports uniform to the carnivals. They may wear their shorts and either a yellow sports T-Shirt or a House Colour Shirt.
Year 7 Information Night and BBQ – my apologies for publishing an incorrect date last week – the Year 7 BBQ and Information night will be held on March 6th.
Valentine’s Day Dance – Please allow and encourage your child to attend the dance on Wednesday 12th February - 6.30pm and 9.30pm. The Prefects have spent many hours organising a wonderful event to build the spirit and traditions of Ruse. If students live a long way from school, they may stay at school between 3.05pm and the dance. We will provide minimal supervision to allow this to occur. Please collect your child from the gate / door of the hall when you wish your child to leave the dance. We do not allow students to leave without a parent. We will employ security guards to patrol the school grounds and ensure we are not disturbed. Please see attached the lovely invitation / letter our Prefects have written to parents.
Start time for all Night Events – all school events will start at 6.30pm.
School Calendar – An up to date version of the school calendar is available on the Intranet. Please consult the calendar for information of upcoming events and for your planning.
Health Care Plans – If any student has an illness / allergy / condition it is important that the school knows and is given strategies to deal with any issues that might arise. Please ask your Doctor to complete a Health Care Plan (attached at the end of this newsletter) and return it to the school. It would be best to make an appointment to discuss this plan with your child’s year advisor.
Our Year Advisors in 2014 are:
· Year 7 Ms Sandra Fernandez
· Year 8 Ms Keira Brooks
· Year 9 Ms Sofia Hameed
· Year 10 Mr Trent Wilson
· Year 11 Ms Kristy Webb
· Year 12 Mr Neil Pakes
· Head Teacher Welfare Mr David Shaw
· Supervisor of Girls and Learning Support Coordinator Ms Natalie Novotni
Dropping off and Picking up students: Please remember to be extremely careful in the streets around our school. Many students from the three nearby schools are often walking past. Parents must not drive into the school grounds or park in the Bus Bay to collect students. Many parents have received heavy fines for stopping in the Bus Bay.
Unusual Days – Wednesday and Thursday A
Wednesday is Sports Afternoon for students in Years 9-12. At 2.26pm we are offering scripture (Special Religious Education) to students of all years. We would be happy to provide scripture to students of Islamic and Hindu faith if there are sufficient numbers. I have asked students to email me if there is an interest.
Non – scripture students on Wednesday afternoon – If parents of Year 7 or 8 students have decided that their child will not attend scripture they are permitted to read or play quietly in the playground with supervision. If students can walk home, are collected by their parents or catch the Carlingford Train they are permitted to leave after 2.26pm. Students that catch buses must stay at school until 3.5pm.
Thursday A’s – On Thursday A we hold our staff meeting or faculty meetings at 2.26pm, student clubs, activities and Olympiad training also occur. Often year meetings will also be held in this time. Students that are free (from Year 7-12) are permitted to walk home, be collected by parents or catch the Carlingford Train. Students in Yrs 11/12 may catch the M54 buses, other students must remain at school until 3.05pm.
Wednesday 12th February Valentine’s Day Dance
Friday 14th February Valentine’s Day Assembly P6
Monday 17th February Swimming Carnival
Thursday 20th February JRAHS High Achievers Assembly – celebrating our Duxes and highest achieving Year 12 students of 2013. (10am)
Tuesday 25th February Year 12 Information Night 6.30pm
March 6th February Year 7 BBQ and Information Afternoon /Evening
Have a wonderful week
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